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Can Watching 3D TV Make Me Sick?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (January 15, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. My new TV came with 3D and free 3D glasses! But I have read that watching 3D at home can make you sick. Is that really true? -- Louise, St. Louis

The short answer is...yes! But the good news is that watching 3D at home will probably affect only about 10-15 percent of viewers. If you have a sensitive stomach (do roller coasters do you in?) or you are pregnant, you might want to think twice before tuning in a 3D movie. Also, any child below the age of six is not a good candidate for 3D at home.

does 3D have such an effect?

Steven Nusinowitz, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles, explained to CNN awhile back that that 3D glasses have a polarized filter that separate two images, thereby enabling the 3D effect. But he added that the separation occurs so quickly that your brain may have difficulty accepting it.

"The movie is telling you 'Hey, I'm moving around in this scene,' but your vestibular system is telling you, 'I'm not moving anywhere,' and that disconnect will make you feel sick, for some people," Nusinowitz said.

Once again, think of that roller coaster ride. The movement of the coaster is so sudden and swift that your brain can have trouble catching up. In laymen's terms, this causes the brain to send a signal to the body that trouble is on the horizon, which in turn creates an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach that can cause actual sickness.

With a 3D movie, your brain will see movements on screen that it doesn't recognize or understand, such as a monster seemingly thrusting itself in your direction. For some, that's a thrilling sensation that enhances the viewing experience. But for others, it puts the brain in a confused state and creates the same kind of nausea caused by the roller coaster.

The only way to really test how you react to 3D TV is to try it at home. If you start to feel unwell, I would stop watching. But if you enjoy the experience, have fun.

I, for one, am not a big fan of 3D TV -- and statistics show that not many other viewers out there are, either. But to each his own, I always say.

Looking for a 3D TV? Try these two:
Vizio 42-inch 3D LCD w/Internet Apps: $524
Panasonic 42-Inch LED 3D LED w/4 Free 3D Glasses and W-Fi: $697

What do you think? Offer your comments below!

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